Toddler Room Decor

Delight Your Little One With This Toddler Bedroom Decor

August 9th, 2018 • Contributor: Cricut Project Designer Karley Hall

Each month I write these posts and every time I am shocked that it is a new month already! This month in preparation for back to school, we created décor for a child’s room, an adorable back to school outfit, and some personalized school supplies! Meagan Patterson, one of Cricut’s Project Designers, was the lead on the project and she absolutely nailed it!

If you had the opportunity to attend Cricut’s Mountain Make-a-thon earlier this month, Meagan shared about her inspiration for this specific project. She lived in Africa for a few years and has continued to be inspired by African landscape and animals. One of my favorite takeaways from her talk was her inspiration behind the zebra’s mane. She shared about her vivid memories of the zebras in Africa and wanted to really highlight the thick beautiful mane of a zebra.

She turned a flat image into a 3D stuffed zebra complete with a full tassel mane. I am so in love! She will be sharing a full how-to tutorial in a blog post later this month! You can also find the zebra project here.

Child's Bedroom Inspiration
Child's Bedroom Inspiration

When we initially brainstormed this room, we were using original artwork from a very talented Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) Student, Catherine Clock. She created layered cardstock animal art that hung around the room. When I saw this art, I immediately saw it in an appliqued quilt!

I, however, was not brave enough to take on the challenge—novice seamstress over here!—so Dezi, our Design Team Manager, took on the quilt! We all worked together to design the quilt top and then she cut all of the fabric pieces on the Cricut Maker. She sewed together the quilt blocks and appliqued all of the animals.

We then found a local quilter who took it to the next level! The quilt work is my favorite part—check out the swirls in the lion’s mane! It is just so cute! Watching how easily came together, makes me think I could handle sewing a quilt…maybe!

Child's Bedroom Inspiration

The room is filled with so many Cricut elements! There are rosettes and a cute folder created with Scoring Wheel. Banners, animals, and artwork fill the room to really make it feel super customized!

Child's Bedroom Inspiration

Of course, we couldn’t leave out Knife Blade. Cricut’s talented illustrator, Shaylee, designed these animals to work specifically with our chipboard! I used cardstock, paint, and iron-on to bring these cute little guys to life! The giraffe project can be found here and the zebra project can be found here.

Child's Bedroom Inspiration

Oh! And how could I forget—when you looked at this photo, did you notice the dress?! Meagan not only sewed that dress together from pieces cut on her Maker, but she always created that gorgeous gray fabric! She could not find the right shade of pin-tucked fabric… so she made her own! I didn’t even know that was a thing?!

She also whipped up this backpack from a pattern created by another one of our talented illustrators, Chelsea!

Child's Bedroom Inspiration

I recreated one of Cat Clock’s original projects, the Botanical Print Kid's Stool, and finished it off with a layer of epoxy! This seals in the vinyl so that those little hands won’t try to peel it up. I love the finish and definitely plan to make more furniture with this technique.

Child's Bedroom Inspiration

We are so proud of this room and know that any little one living in this space will feel like a tiny creative animal!

Child's Bedroom Inspiration

We hope this room inspires some of your future projects. Don’t forget to tag us in your future creations!

Happy Crafting!

Karley Hall

Road Trip Shirts

Hit the Road in Style

August 5th, 2018 • Contributor: Cricut Blog Team

To those thinking about hitting the open road toward your favorite camping destination, we introduce our next family of custom t-shirt designs called the Road Trip Collection. These three fresh designs are rolling out just in time for one last jaunt before summer ends and you have to put your camping gear away for the season.

Whether you are living the van life, RVing, or camping, these retro designs capture the spirit of getting away to replenish mind, body, and soul.

Our "We Out" and "I Sleep Around" shirt designs are exclusive to all Cricut Access owners!  If you don't have a Cricut Access subscription you can sign up here. "I'm a Rambling Man" does include an image that you will need to purchase.

Our team used Cricut Maker, Cricut Iron-On Lite, Cricut EasyPress and Cricut Weeder Tool to create these custom tees. Check out the t-shirts below:

We Out

This design captures perfectly the essence of the simple life and all the good vibes that come with heading out for a road trip.

Open and make this cute tee here in Design Space.

TIP: when cutting iron-on, remember to click “mirror” for each iron-on layer.

I Sleep Around

Hee hee... Loving the play on words, use of curved text and the retro RV image.

You can find the canvas in Design Space for this design here.

TIP: If you have never used iron-on, check out this helpful video.

I’m a Rambling Man

Stealing a line from a Waylon Jennings classic has never looked so good on a custom tee! This would be the perfect birthday gift for any men in your life who love to RV and life on the road.

Link here to find this project in Design Space.

TIP: use a Cricut Weeder Tool to easily remove the negative space from the iron-on liner.

Damask Love T-Shirts

A Collection of T-Shirts from Damask Love That Will Give You All The Feels

August 3rd, 2018 • Contributor: Cricut Blog Team

We’re so excited to bring you our next featured t-shirt collection from a VERY special guest designer, Amber Kemp-Gerstel of Damask Love. Amber is a long-time DIY-er, Cricut lover, and most recently, reality TV show star! You can catch her Tuesday nights on NBC’s new maker show, Making It, with hosts Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman.

Amber’s new t-shirt collection features seven designs, all of which were inspired by her mantra of living a positive life with pops of color. Amber is “passionate about uplifting the maker in everyone she meets,” and we think her bright and cheerful collection will bring crafters everywhere a lot of sunshine on any cloudy day.

See what Amber herself has to say about what inspired her collection!

Amber’s collection is adaptable to all three of the new EasyPress sizes; we especially love the use of the smallest machine for a perfect pocket-sized (and shaped!) design.

Pocket Full of Sunshine

 

Check out and make all of Amber’s t-shirt design in Design Space!

Sky is the Limit

 

Tell us in the comments what you think of Amber’s amazing t-shirt collection and who you’d make these t-shirts for! #CricutMade

Announcing the EasyPress 2

Cricut Announces EasyPress 2: More Projects. More Materials. More Possibilities.

July 30th, 2018 • Contributor: Cricut Blog Team

Today, during Cricut’s 2018 Mountain Make-A-Thon, Ashish Arora, Cricut CEO, announced the next generation of its ground-breaking Cricut EasyPress line, Cricut EasyPress™ 2. With the speed of a heat press and the convenience of an iron, EasyPress 2 comes in three sizes that offer flawless results to make almost any iron-on project in 60 seconds or less. EasyPress 2 gives you projects you’ll be proud of every time.

“When we launched Cricut EasyPress last summer, our goal was to make the iron-on process seamless for makers that gives them a better solution than what’s currently in the market: a bulky heat press or a home iron with unreliable and inconsistent heat settings. EasyPress 2 takes our mission to a whole new level with technology improvements and two new sizes in addition to our popular 9”x9” size that expands the capabilities of what people can make.” -- Ashish Arora, Cricut CEO

More Projects. More Materials. More Possibilities.

Cricut EasyPress 2 supports a broader range of materials and sizes of iron-on projects with higher temperature settings, faster heat-up times and a thicker heat plate design for more uniform heating for long-lasting results.

EasyPress 2 Announcement

Heats up Faster. And Higher.

EasyPress 2 heats more quickly -- up to 25% faster -- and can reach up to 400 degrees (F) to achieve amazing, long-lasting results for your iron-on projects.

Now 3 Sizes for All Projects.

Choose the right EasyPress 2 for the types of projects you love to make most. EasyPress 2 comes in three sizes: 6”x7”, think Onesies, baby bibs, cosmetic bags. Our original 9”x9”, think T-shirts and tote bags. And, 10”x12”, think BIG. Blankets, beach umbrellas, banners.

Perfectly Petite & Mobile.

Make perfect small-scale projects without working around seams. With a 6”x7” heat plate that heats up in just over a minute, make smaller projects in short order. And, don’t forget a new 8”x10” EasyPress mat because “it’s all about that base!”

EasyPress 2 Announcement

The Go-to Medium.

The medium size EasyPress 2 comes with a 9” x 9” heating plate, our classic size. It’s perfect for your essential everyday projects. It heats in just over 2 minutes, unlike traditional heat presses that take between 7 and eighteen minutes. And, again, use it with a 12”x12” or larger 20”x16” mat depending on your project design.

EasyPress 2 Announcement

Jumbo Size for Full Coverage.

Now … just what you’ve been waiting for … make large-scale iron-on projects in just one press. Our new larger EasyPress 2 has a 12”x 10” heating plate for your big bold projects! Better yet, it heats in just over 3 minutes. Use with the 12”x12” EasyPress mat for “inside jobs” when you need a mat to fit in your base or the 20”x16” for that big job.

EasyPress 2 Announcement

Matching Mats.

EasyPress 2 Announcement

Match your mat size to each EasyPress 2 for professional iron-on results. Use the larger mats for full-coverage or a smaller mat if you need a raised surface or just the perfect pad for your choice of EasyPress 2. Change up the mats depending on your preference and project size.

A Beautiful Bright New Raspberry Color.

EasyPress 2 Announcement

This summer everything came up roses with our new Rose Maker and Flamingo Pearl Explore Air 2. We love this beautiful new raspberry color and if you love a pop of color in your craft room, the EasyPress 2 is perfect for you!

Availability.

Cricut EasyPress 2 will be available this Fall on Cricut.com and in your favorite craft retail and online stores. EasyPress mats are available now on Cricut.com and at retailers in-store or online.

You can visit our Help section to see FAQs and a revised heat settings chart for all of the materials and bases you can use with EasyPress 2.

We are so excited to hear what you think of Cricut EasyPress 2! Make sure to let us know in the comments, and share with your friends, all of the types of projects you’re going to make with the different sizes. #CricutMade

Mountain Make-a-Thon Iron-on Track

Mountain Make-a-Thon Iron-on Track

July 11th, 2018 • Cricut Events

We are continuing the countdown for the 2018 Cricut Mountain Make-A-Thon with another track introduction. The variety of classes we’re offering at our Make-A-Thon range from papercrafting to quilting & sewing, iron-on to starting a small business. With over 100 classes being offered over the two and a half days you’re sure to find a class for every skill you want to learn. If you haven’t already, be sure to get your tickets here.

We’re excited to introduce you to the teachers from our Iron-on track today.  Each of these teachers is prepared to teach you every tip and trick that you need to know about working with iron-on. Customize all your crafts with iron-on like tees, home decor, all your projects can be customized with iron on! Let’s check out what classes will be offered!

An Iron-On for Every Fabric: What iron-on is right for what material? Let Angie Holden teach you to mix and match like a pro. You’ll go home and look around your house with a bunch of new ideas on how to customize your world! Session repeats 2 times.

Cover your Bases: Have you mastered the basics of using iron-on on clothing and fabric? Are you ready to take your skills to the next level?  Learn advanced tips and tricks for how to use iron-on with unique base materials including wood, metal, glass and much more, and walk away with your very own creative iron-on project to take home! Session repeats 3 times.

Jump Into the Reverse Canvas Craze: Ready to take on the new craze of reversed canvas! In this class, you will learn the way to complete this project start to finish.  These canvases are the new favorite in home decor. Here we go! Session repeats 3 times.

How to Design with Patterned Iron-On: Come learn very practical and clever tricks on how to use different products with your iron-on!  Patterned iron-on can really add dimension and fun to your projects and we will show you how! Session repeats 3 times.

Ironing Out the Wrinkles: Learn how easy it is to use Iron-on to make quick and unique projects to express your creativity. We’ll start by creating a project in Design Space and follow through step by step until we have a completed project. We will discuss different types of Iron-on, the advantages to each type, and the differences in each one. We will talk about choosing the correct temperature and time to press each type of Iron-on using the Cricut EasyPress. At the end of the class, you will leave with a completed project that you took all the way from the beginning stages of the design process to completion. Session repeats 3 times.

Say Anything: Customized tees are all the rage, but where do you start? Learn how to combine words, numbers, and images to create the perfect tee for any occasion. Session repeats 2 times.

Mixing Up your Iron-on Color Palette: This class has everything you need to know about all the different Iron-on types Cricut has and when you should use them. We help you find the perfect iron-on to make your project pop! Session repeats 3 times.

Outfit your Friends, Family, or Team: DIY Shirts and gear for summer camp, Family Reunions, Group Gifts and Outfitting the team!:
Expand your mind with Cricut Iron-on Vinyl and it’s many uses. The class will be a visually stimulating feast with samples of all kinds of projects to get students inspired to step up their Iron-on game. Students can take pictures of all display projects for future inspiration. Session repeats 2 times.

To make sure everyone is able to attend all the classes they want each class is being offered a variety of different times over the course of the event.  If you haven’t purchased your ticket yet, what are you waiting for?! Click here to get yours today!

Papercrafting Mountain Make a Thon Class Track

Mountain Make-a-Thon Papercrafting Class Track

July 6th, 2018 • Cricut Events

The countdown is on for the 2018 Cricut Mountain Make-A-Thon and our excitement is growing every day.  The variety of classes we’re offering at our Make-A-Thon range from papercrafting to quilting & sewing, iron-on to starting a small business.  With over 100 classes being offered over the two and a half days you’re sure to find a class for every skill you want to learn. If you haven’t already, be sure to get your tickets here.

We’re excited to introduce you to the teachers from our Papercrafting track today.  Each of these teachers is an expert in papercrafting with years of experience creating jaw-dropping cards, gifts, and home decor.

Along with being one of our keynote speakers, Anna Griffin will be teaching a class on scoring tips and tricks during our event.  Learn from the paper expert herself on all her tricks on creating the perfect look! Anna will show you the ins and outs of working with the scoring tools and how she creates her projects with just the right amount of fold.

Make your paper-crafting projects instantly recognizable by creating your own signature style! Cori George of Hey Let’s Make Stuff will teach you tips and tricks for creating a cohesive look and feel to all of your projects, and you'll get started crafting your own Signature Style Guide.

Tired of making the same old flat card, but you're not quite sure where to start? In Debbie O’Neal’s class we will dive into the latest trends in card making including what's hot for images, materials, and card styles. You will make a fabulous interactive twist card for you to take home. Come join us to take your card making to the next level.

Be the hostess with the mostest by creating completely unique parties from start to finish. Jordan Hansen will help you create the picture perfect party by working with fonts and images within Design Space by using the scoring and writing features with your Cricut Maker.

Come learn from Julia Groves of The Quiet Grove how to make the perfect themed party decorations using your Cricut, Cuttlebug, Easy Press, and a color printer. See the newest party decorations trends and how to decide which decorations best fit your event. This class will take your decorations to the next level using embossing, vinyl, iron on, and print + cut.

Learn and master the base of all papercrafting! Karley Hall will show you the how-to of creating basic cards and envelopes working with pens and scoring tools! Gain confidence in your design skills to be able to create a library of cards for any occasion

Do you feel restricted by the size of your Cricut mat? Let Kristen Johnson of A Girl and Her Glitter teach you how to use your Cricut and mats to create projects on a larger scale for your next event or party. Join us to learn how to create larger than life paper projects as well as vinyl designs that go well beyond the boundaries of your mat.

Master the techniques from the paper flower expert herself - Lia Griffith. You will learn how to make paper flowers perfect for any occasion, how to cut paper petals, how to add texture to your flowers, and how to make paper leaves.

Bring a world of color to your projects with the Print Then Cut. Let Lorrie Nunemaker teach you how to print your images and then watch your Cricut machine cut them exactly how you want them! Create the personalized monogrammed stickers that will have just the right amount of pattern!

In this class, you will learn how to paper piece your favorite Disney characters in the Cricut Image Library. Paulette Trent will teach you the differences between the base layer and the shadow layer, how these images are designed, and how that matters when layering.

You've seen the 3D Box Cards, but how in the world are they made? Come learn from Ritamarie Cavicchio show you how to work with 3D projects to create cards that are not only fun to make, but fun to give!

Love the look of foiled invites and announcements but not so in love with the price tag? Tisa Jackson will teach you how to create shiny-foiled wedding invites, baby shower announcements, graduation announcements, or party invites for any occasion. These projects are quick and easy, get ready to grab your Cricut and get started!

To make sure everyone is able to attend all the classes they want each class is being offered a variety of different times over the course of the event.  If you haven’t purchased your ticket yet, what are you waiting for?! Click here to get yours today!

HSN Ultimate Cricut Maker Bundle

The Ultimate Cricut Maker Bundle on HSN For Any Craft You Can Imagine

June 25th, 2018 • Cricut Team

Get ready… the ultimate Cricut Maker bundle is coming to HSN on July 10 at 10:00 p.m. MT! There is so much newness we’re excited to tell you about, we’re bursting at the seams.

You’ve never seen crafting like this before. Join Cricut and one of our favorite makers, Anna Griffin, live to see all of the new tools for Cricut Maker, including the recently announced Scoring Wheel in action and for the first time, multilayer fabric cutting -- now you can precisely cut multiple layers easily with Cricut Maker.

Let’s dive into all that you’re going to see… you’ll be in awe of all the creative possibilities with Cricut Maker’s expandable suite of tools that work with the Adaptive Tool System, and you can get all of them in this special bundle.

But first, let’s talk about this amazing new Cricut Maker color!

The Cricut Maker Now Comes In A New Rose Color

The Cricut Maker is now available in this beautiful rose color! It’s the first color available for Cricut Maker. You’ll notice beautiful pops of rose color on the lid and inside of the machine. This soft, yet eye-catching color is perfect for any season and will make your craft room (or any room that you love to craft in) pop!

Ultimate Cricut Maker Bundle HSN
Ultimate Cricut Maker Bundle HSN

Besides the beautiful new color, the HSN bundle also comes with some brand new Maker tools to add even more versatility than ever before. With up to 10X the pressure of our best-selling Cricut Explore family of machines, the Cricut Maker will give you more power with every cut, score, write or draw application with its continual growing adaptive tool system tools.

Scoring Wheel and Double Scoring Wheel Score Like Never Before

New, and offered for the first time on HSN, Cricut is launching new Scoring Wheel and Double Scoring Wheel tools for the Maker.

For all you paper crafters, home decor enthusiasts, prototypers and 3D makers, these tools will make your DIY dreams come true: magically make crisp folds with thick, thin and coated materials.

The Scoring Wheel makes a deep single-line score perfect for uncoated light materials like crepe paper, light cardstock and even acetate.

The Double Scoring Wheel creates two deep, parallel score lines that are ideal for coated, heavier materials like poster board and cardboard.

Anna will show some amazing projects using the different Scoring Wheels so you can see how precisely the tool scores materials, from cardstock boxes to rosettes. You’ll no longer have to worry about your score lines not being deep enough or cracking when folding coated materials.

Ultimate Cricut Maker Bundle HSN
Ultimate Cricut Maker Bundle HSN

Knife Blade Delivers Amazing Cutting Power

Ultimate Cricut Maker Bundle HSN
Ultimate Cricut Maker Bundle HSN

We are so excited to bring you all things Knife Blade. For anyone that loves to create more structural projects, this tool gives you industrial-level cutting power right at your fingertips.

Knife Blade features a steeply angled edge, so you can safely and easily slice through thicker, denser materials like balsa wood, leather, craft foam, and Cricut Chipboard are just a few examples.

Imagine the projects you can make: puzzles, wooden dinosaurs, airplane models, foam toys, wooden signs, 3D dioramas, 3D home decor, leather accessories – necklaces, earrings, wallets and so much more! Anna will show you some of these projects and give you tips on how to use Knife Blade as well as assemble the cut pieces.

If you want to see the full list of materials Knife Blade can cut, click here.

Precise Fabric Cuts with Rotary Blade & Multilayer Cutting

For the first time, you’ll have the chance to see Cricut’s groundbreaking Rotary Blade cut multiple layers of fabric! The new feature is integrated into Design Space as a cutting option list with the Maker, allowing you to cut light cotton with 2 or 3 layers. To use this setting, simply use a basting spray to adhere your fabric together, place on the cutting mat, and then cut using your Maker. Peel apart your layers, and you are ready to go!

This pairs perfectly with new Cricut Quilt shapes to save you time and fabric.

We’ve heard many of our sewers and quilters talk about the necessity of multilayer fabric cuts, which is why we’re excited to show you this new technology built into Cricut Maker.

 

Ultimate Cricut Maker Bundle HSN

 

This post gives you just a snapshot of what you’ll see on this special HSN airing with Anna Griffin. This is your chance to purchase all of Cricut Maker’s tools in a bundle and get Maker in this beautiful rose color!

Make sure you join our exclusive Facebook event leading up to the airing. We’ll be giving away a Cricut Maker plus tons of Cricut supplies, tools, and accessories.

Don’t forget to tune in to HSN on July 10 at 10:00 p.m. MT to see Anna Griffin, Cricut Maker, and so many incredible projects you’ll want to make. Bundle pricing will be announced closer to the air date. We can’t wait to watch with you live on HSN!

Lia Griffith will be speaking at Mountain Make-a-Thon

Mountain Make-A-Thon Speaker Spotlight – Lia Griffith

June 22nd, 2018 • Cricut Events

We are so excited to share the spotlight on our third featured speaker, Lia Griffith. Lia is a true mastermind paper crafter. We can’t wait to learn from and be with Lia Griffith while she speaks to us about her inspiration. On Monday night Lia will be hosting an intimate discussion about her path to entrepreneurship and empowerment on how to find your dreams. During the days,  she and her team will be teaching at our Mountain Make-A-Thon. Come get hands-on experience with the world's most talented group of paper floral and fauna makers.

This is a rare opportunity to be around a true force and make incredible flowers come to life from paper!  If you haven’t already you can grab your tickets to the Mountain Make-A-Thon here. We wanted to share a little bit more about Lia and some of her amazing projects she has created with her Cricut.

We got to ask Lia a few questions about where she finds her inspiration in crafting.

What is your favorite DIY hack/trick?
We have so many here in the studio! I think one of my favorites is the one I use when I make blooming branches or plants. I like to repurpose a dry twig or branch found in my yard or out in nature. I'll then use hot glue to attach my paper leaves and flowers into the branch - perfect!

Where do you find your greatest DIY inspiration?
My greatest inspiration is always nature. Not only do I turn to nature to help me design a new flower pattern, I find that a walk through the forests in Portland, or a trip out to the wild Oregon coast will ignite my creativity with ease.

What is one crafting supply you can’t live without?
I would hate to be without paper! My business started with a simple paper rose design and, although we now share projects using all kinds of materials, I still adore the feeling I get from working with paper. Since I discovered the Cricut explore a few years back, my love for paper crafting has only increased. I get to make paper bouquets and 3D projects that were inconceivable before I purchased my first machine! But I do have to say, now that we can cut other materials with the Maker, felt is slowly becoming my new favorite!

What is your favorite project you have created?
I have always loved my crepe paper gardenias. When we launched our own line of crepe papers back in 2016, I spent a lot of time designing and making with this wonderful new material. The double-sided crepe that I use for these gardenias feels like silk and with a little gentle curling, the petals just ooze elegance and charm. I love how simple they are to make as well - really anyone can make this gorgeous paper bloom!

What sparked your interest in crafting?
Growing up in a family where we made everything has definitely been the greatest inspiration in my life. My Dad made our house, we canned our own food, made our own clothes and everything in between! I didn't appreciate it at the time, but as I grew up and started to discover more about myself and my passions, I began to realize how DIY and craft is something that feeds my soul. I feel so lucky to be able to have created a business out of something I love so much!

Lia Griffith - Mountain Make-a-Thon

Lia has a way with creating the most lifelike blossoms. The way she adds texture and life to paper is amazing - we can’t wait to learn some of her tips!

Lia Griffith - Mountain Make-a-Thon

Her projects are always beautifully thought out and the colors she chooses are always so perfectly presented, they can’t help but make you smile.

Lia Griffith - Mountain Make-a-Thon

Aren’t these paper projects just jaw-dropping?! These mini cacti are absolute perfection! If you want to see more of Lia’s favorite projects you can check them out here.

Lia Griffith - Mountain Make-a-Thon

Lia Griffith is an internationally renowned DIY designer, crafter, photographer, stylist and big dreamer. After realizing the demand for her unique paper flower designs, Lia launched her handcrafted lifestyle blog in the Spring of 2013. Offering stunning DIY projects, printables and inspiration in paper, felt, fabric, leather and more, Lia soon saw her website flourish and now inspires millions worldwide to reconnect with their creativity every day.

We can’t wait for Lia to be at the Cricut Mountain Make-A-Thon!  Grab your ticket to come learn from Lia here.

Anna Griffin Mountain Make a Thon Speaker Spotlight

Mountain Make-A-Thon Speaker Spotlight – Anna Griffin

June 20th, 2018 • Cricut Events

If you have been a long time Cricut fan you know the paper crafting expert herself, Anna Griffin!  We are so excited to announce that Anna Griffin will be at the Cricut Mountain Make-A-Thon! We cannot wait to host her on our main stage for the Tuesday Morning General Session!  She will be answering all of your questions in a live Q&A, give you a few amazing tips and tricks on her favorite crafting secrets, and hear her latest holiday trend forecast.  Not only do you get to hear from Anna on stage, but she will be teaching two classes as well.  Her scoring tricks are always awe-inspiring, and she will be walking you through a hands-on project.  If you’ve dreamed of meeting Anna and making projects with her – and learning her favorite Cricut crafting moments too! – don’t wait to pick up your ticket to the Cricut Mountain Make-A-Thon. Have you gotten your tickets? If not, be sure to grab them here so you can meet and craft with Anna and all of us here at Cricut.  Now, we want you all to get to know Anna a little better.

We asked Anna a few questions about crafting and where she gets her inspiration!

 

Anna Griffin - Mountain Make-a-Thon

One thing Anna is known for is her amazing card creations and how she adds layers to all her projects so beautifully!

We love this project for the warmer months - there is something so fresh and fun about it!  You can make your own here.

 

Anna Griffin - Mountain Make-a-Thon

Another project we love from Anna is this beautiful rose framed art!  The layers have us drooling! You can make this project here.

 

Anna Griffin - Mountain Make-a-Thon

For over two decades, Anna Griffin has remained a recognized authority when it comes to translating exquisite patterns evocative of old world style into modern, mix-and-match designs. Griffin launched her eponymous company in 1994 by creating one-of-a-kind, handmade wedding invitations. This was followed by an industry-changing line of “imprintable” invitations with a custom look.

The rapid expansion into paper product categories like stationery, gifts, crafts, and fabrics has inspired her company’s success and remarkable growth. Since 2012, the designer’s vast archive of beautiful designs has allowed the company to seamlessly introduce thousands of licensed designs for Cricut.

A household name among crafters, quilters, and TV shoppers, the Anna Griffin brand is synonymous with intricate patterns and high-quality products. Her love of antiques, textiles, and prints combined with an “old made new” design philosophy remains constant – it is all beautiful in the making.

We love all things that Anna creates and we can't wait to learn from her at the Mountain Make-A-Thon. If you haven’t gotten your tickets and you want to learn from Anna get your tickets here.

Mountain Make-A-Thon Speaker Spotlight: Erica Domesek

June 18th, 2018 • Cricut Events

Can you believe we are down to just 42 days until the Mountain Make-A-Thon?! We can’t wait for you to see what we have in store.

One of the things we are most excited about is our keynote speaker, DIY expert, Erica Domesek of P.S. - I Made This ... She will be inspiring all of us with her DIY journey and how creating beautiful projects herself has changed her life. You can still get your tickets here. For now, let us introduce you to Erica!

Erica Domesek of P.S. - I Made This

We had a couple questions we wanted to ask Erica about her DIY journey! Check out what she had to say:

1 – What is your favorite DIY hack/trick?

I am a big believer in cutting corners no matter what I'm doing. Something I try to pass along is that I tell people to keep/store their markers / Sharpies upside down so they last longer. The ink can tend to dry out faster if you store them with the tips pointed up.

2 – Where do you find your greatest DIY inspiration?

Everywhere! Shopping, Magazines, scrolling through Instagram and Pinterest. Inspiration is all around. Things with a beautiful design that stop you in your tracks and make you think -- wait, I should or can make that beautiful thing!

3 – What is one crafting supply you can’t live without?

An amazing and sharp pair of scissors.

4 – What is your favorite project you have created?

I can't say I have a favorite. That is like asking someone to pick their favorite child. However, things in the home are near and dear to me -- so any artwork or creative storage that I designed that is displayed in my home makes me happy.

5- What sparked your interest in crafting?

I have been designing, tinkering, crafting, basically just living a creative life for as long as I can remember. It’s something that was instilled in me when I was young. My family was very artistic and always encouraged me to embrace art and design at a young age.

I tried everything as a kid -- working with clay, stained glass, pottery, jewelry making, sewing, you name it! I am a big believer that if you give a young mind the tools and access to be creative at an early age, it will give them skills to last a lifetime (and of course make them smile).

 

Erica’s creations are so inspiring and we know you will love hearing more from her. She’s a pro at taking everyday items and turning them into jaw-dropping, eye-catching masterpieces. Check out some of our favorite projects that she has created!

Erica Domesek of P.S. - I Made This

We love Erica’s take on taking simple things and turning them into beautiful creations like these Dip Dyed Rope Vases.

Erica Domesek of P.S. - I Made This

She has such a great way of adding extra flair to everyday items like this embroidered map.

Erica Domesek of P.S. - I Made This

Her projects are so simple yet sophisticated and we LOVE easy DIY! This pom pom table runner has our hearts! You can check Erica out on her Instagram for her more of her latest inspiration and project creations! @psimadethis

Erica’s Bio … Erica Domesek is the founder of the innovative do-it-yourself (DIY) lifestyle brand P.S.- I Made This, which launched in 2009. She has been a distinguished expert in the areas of design and style as well as a leader in brand marketing for 12 years. Her personal mission is to inspire and encourage people everywhere to embrace the concept of crafting the life they want.

Her success in connecting with the American consumer, specifically the Millennial demographic, has allowed her to create strategic partnerships with innovative companies ranging from Microsoft, American Express, Gap, Coca-Cola, Express, Mercedes-Benz, AOL, Ford, Lacoste, Express, Levi’s, and many more.

She has helped develop and execute hundreds of successful digital and experiential programs with top-tier brands looking to align themselves with connected and passionate audiences.

Domesek has appeared on The Today Show, Rachael Ray, The Martha Stewart Show, E! News, Fox Business News, and as a judge on TLC’s Craft Wars. She currently stars in the TLC Digital series Erica in the House. Her work has been featured in issues of Vogue, Glamour, InStyle, The Wall Street Journal, Self, Elle, Teen Vogue, and more.

Her first best-selling, globally published book “P.S. – I Made This…” was released in 2010, and her second book “P.S.- You’re Invited…” was released in September 2013.

Over the years, Erica has been a longtime mentor to female entrepreneurs and college students seeking advice on careers in media and creative arenas. She has dedicated her voice to leading organizations such as Charity Water, Pencils of Promise, PS Arts, Art of Elysium and Indego Africa. Erica’s passion in lending her guidance and support to people who ultimately want to live their best life celebrate major milestones and moments, all while inspiring the next generation of thought-leaders and change-makers is truly what she lives for.

We are looking forward to learning and being inspired by Erica at the Mountain Make-A-Thon on July 30th - August 1st. If you haven’t snagged a seat for the Mountain Make-A-Thon you can grab your tickets here.

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